If you live in Arizona or recently used its highways , you’ve probably passed by one of Uber’s robot big rigs. The company recently revealed that its OTTO self-driving trucks have been secretly hauling commercial freight in that state for months, according to an article on the New York Times.
In its recent announcement, Uber assured that all of its cargo haulers have licensed truck drivers who can assume direct control at any time. But it also said that its end goal remained the same: Remove the human from the driver’s seat.
Uber envisions a freight system where self-driving trucks haul goods for long distances on highways while human drivers make short trips to the loading dock of a customer or other important locations. This system is built around transport hubs where trucks can load and unload the appropriate trailers… more
Video shows self-driving Uber car’s fatal collision with pedestrian in Arizona
TEMPE, Ariz. (KABC) — Police in Tempe, Arizona have released some of the video from a fatal crash involving a self-driving Uber vehicle and a pedestrian.
The video shows the viewpoint from inside the vehicle looking forward to the road.
A pedestrian walking a bicycle across the road suddenly comes into view and the vehicle doesn’t stop in time… more